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FEUAR, n. Also feuer, †fewar(e), †fewer. One who holds land in feu. Gen.Sc. Also attrib. as in feuar court, a court held to administer the feuing of land. Fif. 1710  R. Sibbald Fife and Knr. iv. i. 134:
Kings-barns, a pleasant village . . . and several good houses in it belonging to the fewars.
Inv. 1722  Steuart Letter Bk. (S.H.S.) 200:
On twesday next I am to hold a fewer Court at Castle Steuart, when I shall endeavour to make the best bargain I can with Faily or Culchackie for these lands.
Sc. 1807  J. Hall Travels I. 178:
There are many feuers, or proprietors, who hold possessions called feus of subject superiors, that is, who are vassals of vassals of the crown.
Sc. 1820  Scott Monastery ii.:
Most of the feuars dwelt in the village belonging to their townships.
Slk. 1829  Hogg Shepherd's Cal. II. vii.:
William Stoddart, nicknamed Caudlem, one of the feuars of Ettrickhouse.
Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 160:
Maist o' the feuars in Snawdon village had bits o' kail-yairds o' their ain.

[O.Sc. fewar, id., from 1537.]

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"Feuar n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Aug 2019 <>



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